Thursday, 2019, September 19

NAP-IWRM: LCBC Experts and Member State Focal Points Appraise its implementation

On Monday, 16 September 2019, the Director Technical of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Mr. Mana Boubakari, officially opened in N’Djamena the Regional Capacity Building Workshop for experts and focal points from LCBC Executive Secretariat and member state focal points on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), in N'Djamena.

The workshop brought together about thirty participants including directors, experts and focal points from member states and had two objectives: firstly, appraise the implementation process of the various NAP-IWRM and, secondly, capacity building of various experts on the guiding principles for integrated management of the Lake Chad Basin.

For the Lake Chad Basin, which today faces complex multidimensional challenges, the economy is largely dependent on natural resources, including water, which is essential for agricultural and rural development. Under the combined effect of climate change and anthropogenic pressure, these resources have been reduced in recent years, thereby leading to the proliferation of aquatic invasive species, the drying up of spring heads, the degradation of watersheds, the compromise of animal and plant life.

It is therefore essential for member states and communities alike to adopt an integrated approach to the management of this precious resource, with high economic value, and to ensure its sustainable use and protection. This is precisely the purpose of IWRM: to balance the interests of stakeholders and user groups for the benefit of all, in the short, medium and long term.

According to the Director Technical, as part of the project “Reversal of Land and Water Degradation Trends in the Lake Chad Basin”, each LCBC member state was supported in the process of development and approval of a National Action Plan for Integrated Water Resources Management for its national portion of the Lake Chad Basin.

On the eve of the implementation of the Lake Chad Basin Water Charter, the LCBC, which is responsible for the harmonious and efficient management of water resources and the coordination of sustainable socio-economic development in the basin thought it important to revisit the various NAP-IWRM, in terms of uses and impacts, in order to appraise the progress made, strengthen sub-regional cooperation and promote the extensive use of IWRM in all member states and within communities, for the harmonious development of the Lake Chad Basin, while preserving the needs of future generations.

The deliberations, which are conducted under the supervision of the Central and West Africa Regional Offices of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), ends on 19 September 2019.